Dr Crispian Stanley Ward

Dr Crispian Stanley Ward MBBS FFARCS DA

11/05/1925 to 06/06/2002

Place of birth: Sevenoaks, Kent, UK

Nationality: British

CRN: 521196

Also known as: Cris

Education and qualifications

General education

Bryanston School, Dorset; Guy’s Hospital Medical School, London

Primary medical qualification(s)

MBBS, London, 1949

Initial Fellowship and type

FFARCS by Examination

Year of Fellowship


Other qualification(s)

DA(RCP&S), 1956

Professional life and career

Postgraduate career

After house officer posts (orthopaedics & medicine) in Orpington Cris spent nine months as casualty officer, and a year as SHO in anaesthetics, in Huddersfield. He was then registrar at the Mayday Hospital, Croydon before serving in the RAF as an anaesthetist for three years, finishing as a Squadron Leader. He rounded off his training in Liverpool and became a consultant to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary in 1957, an appointment he held until ill health forced his early retirement in 1989.

Professional interests and activities

Although without formal training Cris became an expert in all forms of engineering as they apply to anaesthesia. His contributions ranged from publication of the definitive book on anaesthetic equipment to overseeing two major hospital developments in Huddersfield: first commissioning & equipping an electronic & bioengineering department; second, overseeing provision of new anaesthetic, resuscitation, intensive care & operating department facilities. He collected historical items of equipment, some of which are now in the Thackray Museum in Leeds, and was made an honorary member of the History of Anaesthesia Society. A specific clinical interest in dental anaesthesia led him to set up a community clinic for handicapped patients and becoming a founder member (& president for 1988) of the Association of Dental Anaesthetists. He was also president of both the Yorkshire Society of Anaesthetists (1974-6) and the Huddersfield Medical Society (19??).

Other biographical information

The son & grandson of GPs, he married Judith Wells, a nurse, and they had three sons. A big, generous personality, he spoke French fluently and had many interests: photography, gardening, sailing and the full range of building trade skills, these allowing him to renovate his home himself.

Author and Sources

Author: Dr Bob Palmer

Sources and any other comments: [1] Boulton Form [2] Young T. C S Ward. History [1] Boulton Form  [2] Young T. C S Ward. History of Anaesthesia Society Proceedings 2002; 30: 107-9  [3] Davey A J. Dedication. Ward’s Anaesthetic Equipment (5th Ed), Davey A J, Diba A (Eds). Elsevier Saunders, 2005, ISBN 1 4160 2558 8  [4] Dr Robert Cruickshank  [5] Photograph courtesy of the History of Anaesthesia Society